VANCOUVER, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The BCTF tabled a revised and reduced
set of proposals at the bargaining table yesterday. It represents a
significant shift in demands for the BCTF that reflect teachers'
commitment to bargaining a fair and reasonable contract. Teachers have,
since the beginning of bargaining, sought changes to our Collective
Agreement that improve the working and learning conditions in our
This new package represents an investment of 300 million dollars in
public education. It includes increases in salary that will allow
Vancouver teachers to keep up with the cost of living in one of the
most expensive places to live in Canada. It also includes significant
modifications and reductions to our previous proposal.
Teachers in Vancouver support the BCTF's even-handed position and we
implore BCPSEA to come to the table and reach a negotiated settlement.
Comments by the Minister of Education, George Abbott, that our proposal
is "absurd" does nothing to move the parties closer to a negotiated
"Teachers in Vancouver have been on strike since September," says Debbie
Pawluk, President of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers' Association.
"Teachers want to get back to business as usual but need a collective
agreement that respects the work we do and guarantees support for our
most vulnerable students."
Chris Harris, President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers'
Association, says, "Our employer, the Vancouver Board of Education, is
urging the government to revisit the government bargaining mandate for
teachers in order to reach a negotiated settlement. It is time that
the provincial government made bargaining with teachers a priority."
SOURCE VESTA: Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association
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